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Sunday, February 16 - Saturday, February 22

Sunday, February 16, 2 pm
"Let's Sing Gospel 101!"
“Let’s Sing Gospel 101!” with Rosita Mathews is an interactive, musical performance in which the audience becomes an impromptu gospel choir and learns to sing gospel music. Rosita weaves traditional and original music with inspirational stories. This performance is for people of all ages, races, singing levels and faiths. The only necessity is enthusiasm!
All ages; FREE
Montpelier Arts Center
9652 Muirkirk Road, Laurel 20708
301-377-7800; TTY 301-490-2329 

Monday, February 17, 5-6 pm 
Authentic African Game Night 
It’s game night at Deerfield Run! Celebrate Black History Month with us by playing traditional African games. 
Ages 5-12; FREE
Deerfield Run Community Center
13000 Laurel-Bowie Road, Laurel 20708
301-953-7882; TTY 301-445-4512 

Tuesday, February 18, 3:30 pm & 4:30 pm 
Controlling the Weather 
Learn about scientist and abolitionist Benjamin Banneker. Study his almanacs and make your own weather instruments. Program conducted by Montpelier Mansion/Historic Site staff.  
All ages; FREE
Vansville Community Center
6813 Ammendale Road, Beltsville 20705
301-937-6621; TTY 301-445-4512 

Wednesday, February 19, 9:30 am-3 pm 
Trip to National Great Blacks in Wax Museum 
Travel with us to Baltimore and see the history of African Americans in a unique way. Then, enjoy lunch on your own at the Inner Harbor. 
Ages 60 & better; Fee: Resident $10; Non-Resident $12
College Park Community Center
5051 Pierce Avenue, College Park 20740
301-441-2647; TTY 301-445-4512 

Wednesday, February 19, 10:15 am & 12 noon 
William’s Adventure in Black History 
Enjoy this brisk panorama of 400 years of black history in America, and meet some of the remarkable people who shaped our country. Audience members join historical figures onstage and experience important events and decisions as they travel into space with Mae Jemison and encourage Rosa Parks to stay in her seat. 
Recommended for pre-K-grade 5; Tickets: $6/person; $5/person in groups of 15 or more
Publick Playhouse
5445 Landover Road, Cheverly 20784
301-277-1710; TTY 301-277-0312 

Wednesday, February 19, 10 am-12 noon 
Black History in Motion 
Celebrate Black History Month with seniors from around the county with a historical journey highlighting the contributions of Africans and African Americans through musical and dance performances, poetry readings, spoken word and re-enactments. Pre-registration is required. Visit www.pgparks.com and click on the SMARTlink logo.
Ages 60 & better; FREE
Prince George’s Ballroom
2411 Pinebrook Avenue, Landover 20785
301-446-3400; TTY 301-446-3402
SMARTlink #1364367 

Thursday, February 20, 5-6 pm 
African Mask Making 
The creation of an African mask often tells a story about the ancestry and honor of the African heritage. Enjoy listening to authentic African music and learning about various African cultures while creating masks. 
Ages 5-12; FREE
Deerfield Run Community Center
13000 Laurel-Bowie Road, Laurel 20708
301-953-7882; TTY 301-445-4512
 

Friday, February 21, 9 am-6 pm; Saturday, February 22, 9 am-3 pm; & Sunday, February 23, 1-4 pm 
Black History Museum at the Heights 
Come out and enjoy artifacts, photos and other information about black history. Take a step back in time to see how black history impacts the present day. 
All ages; FREE
Marlow Heights Community Center
2800 St. Clair Drive, Marlow Heights 20748
301-423-0505; TTY 301-203-6030 


Friday, February 21, 9:30 am-12 noon 
Exhibit: Going Home to A Place We Have Never Been 
This Black History Month exhibit provides a deep context for significant milestones, examines the African American experience and celebrates the achievements of many African American individuals. Donald Conway will be the guest speaker. 
All ages; FREE
Good Luck Community Center
8601 Good Luck Road, Lanham 20706
301-552-1093; TTY 301-445-4512 

Friday, February 21, 2:30-4:30 pm 
African American Heritage Film Series 
Join us for an afternoon screening of the1975Amercan drama film Cornbread, Earl and Me. 
All ages; FREE; Refreshments will be sold for a nominal fee 
Columbia Park Community Center
1901 Kent Village Drive, Landover 20785
301-341-3749; TTY 301-445-4512 


Friday, February 21, 5 pm 
African Dance, Storytelling and Drum Performance 
Join us as we journey to Africa to celebrate the rich heritage of African dance and drum. The performance will culminate in our journey back to America where participants will experience the power of love, forgiveness and freedom through creative rhythm and song. 
All ages; FREE
Beltsville Community Center
3900 Sellman Road, Beltsville 20705
301-937-6613; TTY 301-445-4512 


Friday, February 21, 6 pm 
Discussion on the Impact of Sororities and Fraternities 
Join us for a discussion on ways sororities and fraternities have impacted society over the years. At the end of the discussion, enjoy watching an entertaining step show demonstration. 
Prince George’s Ballroom 
2411 Pinebrook Avenue, Landover 20785
301-341-7439; TTY 301-446-6802 


Friday, February 21, 7-9 pm 
Black History Theatrical Play 
Enjoy an evening at the theater and experience depictions of famous black leaders during the civil rights era. 
All ages; Fee: Resident $5; Non-Resident $6
Indian Queen Recreation Center
9551 Fort Foote Road, Fort Washington 20744
301-839-9597; TTY 301-203-6030 


Friday, February 21, 7-9:30 pm Check-In: 7-7:45 pm • Activity Rotations: 7:45-9:30 pm 
Xtreme Teens/Pre-Teens: African American History Scavenger Hunt and Trivial Pursuit 
Put your thinking caps on and test your knowledge of African American history as you compete against teams from other community centers for bragging rights. Prizes will be awarded to the top history buffs. Pre-registration required by February 7 at any of the northern area Xtreme Teen sites. 
Ages 10-17; FREE
Kentland Community Center
2411 Pinebrook Avenue, Landover 20785
301-386-2278; TTY 301-445-4512 

Saturday, February 22, 9 am-4 pm
African American Family Day Festival 
Enjoy African dance classes, workshops, performances, storytellers, crafts and more! Vendors will be on site selling a variety of reasonably-priced items.  
All ages; FREE admission; Call for vendor fees 
Prince George’s Sports & Learning Complex
8001 Sheriff Road, Landover 20785
301-583-2582; TTY 301-583-2483

Saturday, February 22 9:30 am-2:30 pm 
Black History Tour 
Spend the day exploring the milestones in black history that led to civil rights for African Americans. First stop will be African American Civil War Memorial and Museum for a tour on African American soldiers and their contribution to the Civil War. Next, enjoy lunch (to-go) at the famous Ben’s Chili Bowl. Seating is limited, so register in advance. Please register at your preferred pick-up location: North Brentwood Community Center, Prince George’s Plaza Community Center or Rollingcrest-Chillum Community Center. 
All ages (Participants 16 & under must be accompanied by an adult)
Fee: Resident $5; Non-Resident $6; Please bring extra money for lunch and souvenirs.
North Brentwood Community Center
4012 Webster Street, North Brentwood 20722
301-864-0756; TTY 301-445-4512 


Saturday, February 22, 10-11:30 am 
African Adinkra Symbol Lecture & Demo 
Did you know that some African cultures use symbolic images to communi¬cate with each other? Learn about the Adinkra symbols and create artwork that incorporates the symbols that mean the most to you. Reservations are required by February 20. 
Ages 6-14; FREE 
Bladensburg Community Center
4500 57th Avenue, Bladensburg 20710
301-277-2124; TTY 301-445-4512

Saturday, February 22, 12:30-4 pm 
3rd Annual Black History Gospel Tribute and Bazaar 
Join us as we pay tribute to black history through music, poetry and dance. Vendors will be on site selling an assortment of jewelry, clothing, African art, fragrances and more. This event is being hosted by Stephen Decatur, Suitland, Upper Marlboro, and Patuxent Community Centers. 
All ages; FREE
Stephen Decatur Community Center
8200 Pinewood Drive, Clinton 20735
301-297-4648; TTY 301-203-6030 


Saturday, February 22, 1-3 pm 
Black Indians: A History 
Join us for a viewing of “Black Indians: An American Story,” narrated by James Earl Jones. This 60-minute video examines the cultural and racial fusion of Native and African Americans. After the viewing, Aio Sifu, in full regalia, will discuss the his¬tory of black Indians, her personal life experiences, and answer questions. We will explore what brought these two groups together, what drove them apart, and what challenges they face today. Limited space; reservations are required. 
All ages; FREE
Watkins Nature Center
301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro 20774
301-218-6702; TTY 301-699-2544 


Saturday, February 22, 1-8 pm 
Ella Fitzgerald: First Lady of Song 
Spend the day with us as we travel to Metro Stage in Alexandria for a stage play about Ella Fitzgerald. See how she went from a homeless street dancer to a winning vocalist at the Apollo Theater in Harlem at the age of 15. Dinner after the show is included. Transportation departs from Kentland Community Center at 1 pm. Reservations are required by February 8. 
Ages 18 & up; Fee: Resident $80; Non-Resident $96 (Fee includes dinner after the show.)
Kentland Community Center
2411 Pinebrook Avenue, Landover 20785
301-386-2278; TTY 301-445-4512
SMARTlink #1370517 


Saturday, February 22, 3-5 pm 
Prominent African Americans in Technology & Recreation 
Take a walk through the ages as we explore prominent African Americans in technology and recreation. Witness the merging of historical and present achievements as we showcase our own youth’s accomplishments in science, technology, engineering, math, sports and the arts. 
All ages; FREE
Southern Regional Technology and Recreation Complex
7007 Bock Road, Fort Washington 20744
301-749-4160; TTY 301-203-6030 

Saturday, February 22, 6-9 pm 
Be’La Dona Celebration! 
Join us for a freedom celebration! Enjoy dancing, stepping and the smooth sounds of the all-female band Be’La Dona. Come watch as we demonstrate the strength, pride and resiliency of black heritage. 
All ages Fee: Resident $5; Non-Resident $6
Glenarden Community Center
615 McLain Avenue, Glenarden 20706
301-722-3151; TTY 301-218-6768 


Saturday, February 22, 7-9 pm 
Black Musical Explosion 
Enjoy contemporary and traditional black music performed by various members of the community. 
All ages; Fee: Resident $5; Non-Resident $6
Potomac Landing Community Center
12500 Fort Washington Road, Fort Washington 20744
301-292-9191; TTY 301-203-6030 


Saturday, February 22, 7-9 pm 
Harlem Nights III 
The spirit of the Harlem Renaissance comes alive with a showcase of performances including acting, dancing, whirlwind poetry and live music! At the conclusion of the showcase, we’ll open the stage for a talent show. Auditions for the showcase will be held every Friday and Saturday in January and February from 7-10 pm. 
All ages; FREE
Vansville Community Center
6813 Ammendale Road, Beltsville 20708  
301-937-6621; TTY 301-445-4512 

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